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FXUS63 KGRR 261146

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI
746 AM EDT Thu Apr 26 2018


Issued at 330 AM EDT Thu Apr 26 2018

High pressure will provide sunny and pleasant weather today
before a cold front on Friday ushers in chilly weather for the
weekend. Highs on Saturday will struggle to reach 50 degrees. The
cold snap will be short lived however and above normal
temperatures in the 70s are expected for much of next week.


.SHORT TERM...(Today through Saturday)
Issued at 330 AM EDT Thu Apr 26 2018

A real nice day is in store with the sfc ridge proving full sun
and light winds. One caveat to this however is that the afternoon
lake breeze front moving inland from Lake MI will likely bring a
period of stronger westerly winds (10-20 mph) and send
temperatures down after reaching highs in the lower 60s. Latest
HRRR guidance suggests the lake breeze could penetrate rather far
inland later today, reaching GRR around 4-5 pm and continuing east
of there through the early evening.

Light precip with the cold front arrives toward midnight around
Ludington and continues southeast overnight. Best pops will be
north of I-96, where some snow flakes could even mix in. QPF with
the front expected to be under one tenth of an inch.

A much better chance of appreciable precip amounts arrive late in
the day Friday into Friday night. This is related to left front
quad of the 80-100 kt jet core diving down the back side of the
upper trough. Reflectivity progs from the CAMs suggest a
convective nature to the precip as it comes through on Friday
night, and even some potential for snow as sfc temps fall after
dark. Can`t rule out some light accumulations on the grass at

In the wake of Friday night`s shortwave, Saturday looks quite
chilly and breezy with the upper trough fully entrenched over the
GrtLks Region. This pattern may also lead to a fair amount of
diurnal clouds, although the dry air mass may offset that

.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Wednesday)
Issued at 330 AM EDT Thu Apr 26 2018

The first part of next week will be very warm as temperatures climb
into the 70s Monday through Wednesday. High pressure over the
southeast US and developing low pressure over the northern Plains
will result in a strong southwest flow across the Midwest and Great
Lakes which will push temperatures upward.

The gfs and ecmwf show the Plains low moving northeast into Ontario
by Wednesday and the trailing cold front moving east toward Lake
Michigan. Chances for showers will increase late Wednesday and
especially Thursday. Both models show a second low developing over
Kansas and riding northeast along the frontal boundary. This setup
would give us a chance to see quite a bit of rain and perhaps some
thunderstorms depending on the track of the low.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Friday morning)
Issued at 745 AM EDT Thu Apr 26 2018

An area of stratus and fog was impacting far south central Lwr MI
early this morning, so JXN and BTL may have a couple hours of
IFR/LIFR through 14Z before it mixes out.

Otherwise VFR weather is expected today and tonight. Scattered
rain showers will be approaching the terminals after 09Z Friday
from the northwest but predominately VFR cigs/vsbys are expected
as these move in.

Other feature of note today is the lake breeze front later in the
day. This may lead to a brief period of locally stronger/gustier
westerly winds in the afternoon and early evening (with the
exception of JXN and LAN).


Issued at 330 AM EDT Thu Apr 26 2018

Small craft advisories have expired, but the incoming cold front
late tonight may necessitate another round of advisories. Winds
increase out of the southwest ahead of the front, then shift
northerly behind it overnight. the after a brief lull, advisories
are a good bet again for Friday night and Saturday with strong
north flow and cold advection.


Issued at 328 PM EDT Wed Apr 25 2018

Rivers are running near to above normal for late April. Only a
handful of locations remain above bankfull at this time. Local,
nuisance flooding may still be an issue for these particular
locations: Ionia, Eagle, Maple Rapids, Newaygo, and Evart. Looking
at the next 7 days, the next risk for rain comes late Thursday and
then again on Friday, but will have no impact on area rivers. Beyond
this, rain may return by the middle of next week but too early to
tell if this will have any impact on area rivers and streams.




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